Mr. Kononov intends to focus on the implementation of various strategic projects within the USM Holdings Group. M&A business development will be supervised by Alexander Sobolev, MegaFon’s Chief Strategy Officer, Member of the Board.
Dmitry Kononov joined MegaFon in September 2000 and took an immediate leadership role in relation to the Company’s financial functions. He served as its first Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2004. He re-joined MegaFon in December 2008 as Director for Mergers and Acquisitions, and was appointed as the Director of Investor Relations in October 2012 in the lead-up to the Company’s IPO of its ordinary shares and global depositary receipts on the Moscow Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, respectively, in November 2012.
During his tenure as Director for M&A, he was responsible for the development of MegaFon’s business through acquisitions. Mr. Kononov guided such significant for the Company transactions as acquisitions of CJSC Synterra, an integrated telecommunications services provider, NetByNet, an operator of fixed-line broadband, digital TV and IP telephony businesses, purchase of 50% stake in Euroset, the largest retailer of wireless equipment in Russia, a 4G/LTE network operator Scartel / Yota, several assets of the SMARTS group of companies, a controlling stake in Mail.ru Group Limited, and many more.
Mr. Kononov said: “After a long career at MegaFon, I have decided that it is time for me to move on to pursue new opportunities outside the Company. Today, I can say that I am leaving a solid company that has achieved the status of the second largest mobile operator in Russia and is widely recognized as an innovative player. I want to thank the Company’s management board, its business partners and its staff for the support that they have given me during my tenure at MegaFon”.
Gevork Vermishyan, CEO of the Company, commented as follows on the resignation of Dmitry Kononov: “Over the years, MegaFon has undergone a transformation from a classic mobile operator to a diversified digital company. The Company completed its IPO and a subsequent delisting, and conducted a considerable amount of transactions that allowed MegaFon to expand its geographical footprint, establish a greater presence in non-core areas, including the fixed-line broadband segment and new technologies, and improve the Company’s market share. We are grateful to Dmitry for his many years of contribution to the development of the Company”.
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Notes to Editors
MegaFon PJSC is a pan-Russian operator of digital opportunities, operating in all segments of the telecommunications markets in Russia, and in the Republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon is a recognized market leader in the provision of mobile data services, was the first operator in Russia to launch commercial operation of a third generation (3G) network and was the first operator in the world to launch commercial operation of an LTE-Advanced (4G) data network. Additional information about MegaFon and the products and services provided by MegaFon can be found at: http://www.megafon.ru.
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